Public Humanities Seed Grants


The Center for Digital Humanities invites Princeton faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to apply for a seed grant to support a public digital humanities project. The grants are intended to identify and promote innovative research that can engage public partners and audiences, and to support that work across campus.

We encourage proposals that include community or public partners as key stakeholders with the capacity to shape and enrich the vision of the projects. Proposals should name any such collaborators and any anticipated opportunities for creating leadership roles for students. Please describe any short- and long-term plans for sustainability of the public partnerships, including any plans to apply for additional internal/external funding.

In keeping with the CDH’s mission, any proposal should include a substantive digital component, although this does not need to be the sole focus.

Proposals may request funds up to $2,000. Grants may be used to support, among other possibilities:

Purchase of equipment is not allowed, although applicants are welcome to combine seed grants with other sources of support.

All grant-funded activities should occur between April 2018 and May 2019. Each successful team will be required to present at a public humanities showcase at the CDH in Fall 2018, as well as attend regular check-ins with CDH staff. Applicants should include a brief letter of intent to collaborate from an external organization, if applicable. Graduate student applicants should include a letter of endorsement from their advisor.

Interested applicants are invited to attend the CDH’s Feb. 28 reading group meeting on “Public + DH Grants.” Please RSVP to Jim Casey ( ). CDH staff will be available for a one-on-one meeting to provide feedback on proposals, up to two weeks before the submission deadline. Please send questions and applications to Jim Casey ( ).

All applications should include:

  1. a narrative of proposed activities (~1 page)
  2. a brief budget
  3. names and contact info for all collaborators
  4. brief CV or biography for all project leaders and organizers

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